M.I.A.

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Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A. (pronounced as distinct initials), is a British rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin.[1] Her stage name M.I.A. is wordplay on her name as well as a reference to the abbreviation Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop and world music.

M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "Sunshowers" and "Galang", charting in Canada and the UK and reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.

She released her debut album Arular in 2005 and her second album Kala in 2007, both to wide critical acclaim. Arular charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number 16 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The album's first single "Boyz" reached the Top 10 in Canada and on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in 2007, becoming her first Top 10 charting single.

Her single "Paper Planes" peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. "Paper Planes" was certified gold in New Zealand and three times platinum in Canada and the US where, as of November 2011, it was ranked the seventh best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era. It has become XL Recordings' second best-selling single to date. M.I.A.'s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short "Born Free". This became her highest-charting album in the UK and the US, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200, topping the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuting in the Top 10 in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada. Her single "XXXO" reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain and the UK. M.I.A. has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N.E.E.T. Her fourth studio album, Matangi, was released in 2013, followed by AIM in 2016.

M.I.A.'s early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505 music sequencer and drum machine. Her later work marked an evolution in her sound with rare instruments, electronics and unusual sound samples. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music, which lyrically incorporate a range of political, social, philosophical and cultural references. M.I.A. was one of the first acts to come to public attention through the internet. She posted many of her songs and videos from 2002 onwards on platforms such as MySpace.

In 2001, she received an "Alternative" Turner Prize nomination for her visual art. In 2005 and 2008, M.I.A. was artist of the year by Spin and URB, and she was named one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone in its "Best of the Decade" list in December 2009. Time named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2009. Esquire ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010.

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Paper Planes
 
"Paper Planes" is a song by British rapper M.I.A. from her second studio album, Kala (2007).
Maya
 
Maya is the third studio album by English recording artist M.I.A., released on 7 July 2010 on her own label, N.E.E.T. Recordings, through XL Recordings and Interscope Records.
Kala
 
Kala is the second studio album by English-Sri Lankan recording artist M.I.A., released on 8 August 2007 by XL Recordings.
Arular
 
Arular is the debut studio album by English recording artist M.I.A.. It was released on 22 March 2005 in the United States, and one month later in the United Kingdom, with a slightly different track listing.

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M.I.A. Says Jay Z Encouraged Her To Take A “Ridiculous” Deal To Make Her NFL Drama Disappear
  –  March 29, 2018
I remember really loving M.I.A.’s music. “No one on the corner has swagger like us ... During the performance, the British born rapper with Sri Lankan Tamil roots decided to give the middle finger to the camera. And you know, with the FCC ...
M.I.A. Reveals Jay-Z Told Her To Sign ‘Ridiculous’ NFL Settlement After Super Bowl Cameo
  –  March 29, 2018
During her segment of the song, M.I.A. flipped the camera for a split second. This led to a massive legal battle between the rapper and the NFL ... Billboard reported that Jackson's music was also blacklisted from all of Clear Channel Communications ...
Why M.I.A film is 'free therapy' for singer
  –  February 23, 2018
M.I.A says at some point her next step would be to fulfil her childhood ambition of film-making, lamenting what she perceives as the lack of creativity in the music industry. "Music has become so narrow and corporate. To be a famous singer, you can go to ...
M.I.A. Opens Up About Super Bowl Fallout, Immigration, Retirement
  –  March 30, 2018
With the release of a new doc, one of music's most polarizing figures delves into ... The film includes footage M.I.A. shot before she became a musician of her grandmother in Sri Lanka, who told her that to be happy she should sing every day.
‘MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.’ Doc Shines Light On Singer’s Advocacy For Fellow Tamils – Sundance Studio
  –  January 23, 2018
Beyond a simple music documentary ... of “M.I.A., rap superstar” that has been presented in the media. DEADLINE: As you said in our studio, this film isn’t about M.I.A. the musician, but Maya the person. Was that always the intention?
M.I.A. Opens Up About Super Bowl Fallout, Immigration, Retirement
  –  March 30, 2018
With the release of a new doc, one of music's most polarizing figures delves into her many controversies and life before the "woke" era M.I.A. discusses the film, 'Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,' as well as the fallout that followed her after she gave the world the ...
M.I.A Latest News, Photos, and Videos
  –  March 30, 2018
M.I.A. is in the house for the premiere of her new film! The music superstar attended the opening night of her new documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. during the New Directors/New Films Festival at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday night (March 28 ...
M.I.A. Says Jay Z Encouraged Her To Take A “Ridiculous” Deal To Make Her NFL Drama Disappear
  –  March 29, 2018
I remember really loving M.I.A.’s music. “No one on the corner has swagger like us!” “All I want to do is pom pom pom pom and take your money.” Hits. But she fell from grace in my eyes when she made some questionable and incredibly tone-deaf ...
M.I.A. Reveals Jay-Z Told Her To Sign ‘Ridiculous’ NFL Settlement After Super Bowl Cameo
  –  March 29, 2018
M.I.A. and the NFL eventually agreed to settle the claim ... Billboard reported that Jackson's music was also blacklisted from all of Clear Channel Communications properties, which include Infinity Broadcasting and Viacom, making her album Damita Jo ...
Why M.I.A film is 'free therapy' for singer
  –  February 23, 2018
M.I.A points out that the political landscape of 2018 is very different to 2010, when she first suggested Loveridge might want to make a film about her. "Being an activist in music is now seen as acceptable," she claims, "although it's like you're handed a ...
Why M.I.A film is 'free therapy' for singer
  –  February 23, 2018
M.I.A points out that the political landscape of 2018 is very different to 2010, when she first suggested Loveridge might want to make a film about her. "Being an activist in music is now seen as acceptable," she claims, "although it's like you're handed a ...
M.I.A. teases new documentary
  –  January 27, 2018
M.I.A admits that her new documentary movie will make her family ... Eventually, if you squash all the music together from the film, it makes for about four minutes. "I didn't know that my music wouldn't really be a part of this. I find that to be a ...
‘MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.’ Doc Shines Light On Singer’s Advocacy For Fellow Tamils – Sundance Studio
  –  January 23, 2018
Beyond a simple music documentary ... and to discuss the pair’s frustration with the narrative of “M.I.A., rap superstar” that has been presented in the media. DEADLINE: As you said in our studio, this film isn’t about M.I.A. the musician, but ...

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